St. John's United Methodist Church 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Join us for worship
Calendar
Advent Devotionals
Prayer List
Red Bird Trailers
AV Help Needed
Warrior Coffee
Pastor's Reflection
Sunday School
Prayer Partners
Youth Group
ASP Wreath Sale
Bible Studies
Table Talk
Book Club
Music Ministry
UMM Breakfast
UMW Harvest Brunch
Open arms and serving hands transforming lives through Christ
   
JOIN US FOR
WORSHIP 
       
Worship Services:
8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional
  9:15 a.m.
Praise  and Worship
  
THIS SUNDAY, 
October 15, 2017

The sermon series, 
Daring Faith: The Key to Miracles, continues with Pastor Janice's sermon, 
"How to Get Ready for a Miracle"
scripture: Mark 6:30-44

215-357-6998
 
HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:30-3:00 p.m.
 

R.I.S.E. SUNDAY
THIS WEEK'S 
CALENDAR

Thursday, October 12
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:00pm
  Lydia Circle

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir

Sunday, October 15
  Baptism
9:15am
  Children's Sunday School

10:30am
  Children & Youth Sunday School

10:30am
  Confirmation Class

11:30am
  Joyful Voices

6:00pm
  Youth Choir

7:00pm
  Youth Group

Monday, October 16
6:45pm
  Prodigal Son Bible Study

Tuesday, October 17
10:00am
  Daring Faith Bible Study

5:45pm
  Grace Notes

7:00pm
  Deborah Circle

7:00pm
  Praise Band Rehearsal

7:00pm
  Table Talk

7:30pm
  AA

Wednesday, October 18
7:00pm
  Bible Study

7:00pm
  Daring Faith Bible Study

7:30pm
  Salome Circle

Thursday, October 19
6:45pm
  Adult Bell Choir

7:30pm
  Al-Anon

8:00pm
  Adult Choir

 

Don't forget that the devotions for our Advent Devotional are due by this Sunday, October 15.

 

PRAYER LIST

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All "Ongoing Prayer Concerns" will be listed for 
2 weeks.  
Please submit a new prayer request card if you desire to renew the listing for 2 additional weeks.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month 
in the parlor - 10 AM
Please come help knit or crochet various items for those in need.
Contact Roberta Nelson for more information or if you  w ould like to request a  Prayer Shawl.  robertahsn577@verizon.net
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE TABS COLLECTION
Naomi Circle is collecting tabs from beverage cans for Ronald McDonald House.  You will find a container under the sign hanging on the UMW bulletin board. Please place them in a plastic bag and put it in the container. This is an ongoing collection, so keep bringing them in as you collect them.  
Thank you.
DAILY DEVOTIONALS
Looking for a little inspiration during the week?   Try an online devotional.    


(has many devotionals to choose from)

(Devotional for Women)

(Devotional for Men) 


RED BIRD TRAILERS 
ARE OPEN  DAILY 
9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.

AV HELP NEEDED!
Volunteers are needed to help run the PowerPoints at both the 8 AM and 10:30 AM services.  At 8 AM, it will be announcements only on most Sundays, but there could be an occasional special presentation during worship.  At 10:30 AM you would be responsible for both the announcements and the worship service.  You will be instructed in how to use the AV system.  It is very simple.  Please contact Peter Sheren if you are interested  peterandivonne@gmail.com.

 
We just received 105 bags of Warrior Blue coffee that our members purchased for their own use and for the Grace CafĂ© to support the farmers in the Naranjito Village, Dominican Republic.  In 2013, these villagers were being paid between $0.08 and $0.12 per pound for their coffee. Because of your support, through the initiative of Lycoming College, these villagers are being paid a fair price for their coffee ($2.40 per pound with the last crop), and their life is being improved through the implementation of better growing methods, clean water for the villagers, sustainable farming techniques for crops that enhance coffee quality and villager health and nutrition and the installation of solar power. For the first time, the villagers in this remote mountain top village have access to electric power to improve the quality of their life.

If you ordered Warrior brand coffee to support the village of El Naranjito in the Dominican Republic it is available to be picked up in the narthex following worship this Sunday, October 15. 
If you missed ordering this time, we will again take your order in late November. Warrior brand coffee is an excellent Christmas gift suggestion..

Thank you for 
fighting for what's right, 
one cup at a time.

MOBILE GIVING
Have you ever arrived at church and forgot your giving envelope? Or you would like to make a Communion Offering and you have just 18 cents in your pocketbook? 
Well, help as arrived, as 
St John's now offers mobile giving! 

Just go to the  website 
click on the donate now button, and register. Once you're registered, you can either make donations by debit or credit. It's quick and secure. The same vendor that handles electronic giving for us, Vanco Services, has state of the art encryption, so you can rest easy that your transaction is 100% safe and confidential.

If you have any questions about mobile giving, email Lou Lescas at  stjohns820@gmail.com

PASTOR'S REFLECTION
            Waiting is a hard thing to do.  I am writing this on Tuesday and the situation may very well have changed by the time you are reading this - and I hope and pray it has!
            Many of you are aware that last Monday, my Mom suffered a massive stroke.  Although she is a "mature" 90 years of age (she always said she was "mature," not "old"), my Mom was vital and full of energy up until the moment it happened.  The good news is that I don't believe she was aware that it had happened, and since then, although she is unresponsive, she is comfortable and at peace.  Just sleeping. 
            At first, the doctors in ICU told her she would most likely have only two hours to about two days.  We transferred her to a wonderful hospice unit at Christiana Hospital where she has been receiving very compassionate care, including visits from a young woman who is a music therapist - she played (on a guitar) and sang "On Eagle's Wings," "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" (yes, my Mom is Irish) and several other selections that caused all of us to tear up, but in a GOOD way.
            Many of you know that my sister and I have five stepsisters.  We consider ourselves to be seven sisters.  My sister and I have been alternating spending the nights with my Mom.  Throughout the day and evening, however, all of my "other" sisters along with their spouses, the grandchildren, friends, neighbors and anyone else who happens to wants to join the gathering is there as well.  My Mom was always someone who loved a party, and there is a party going on every day in her room.  My sisters have even made sure that my Mom's hair is fixed, she is wearing earrings and lipstick, and that her nails are done.  The other day, I said, "I'm pretty sure Mom isn't going anywhere because there's too much fun in this room - she doesn't want to miss the party!"
            Of course, I have mixed feelings.  My Mom has come to the end of her life on this earth and I am just waiting for the Lord to take her home.  And I hope and pray that will happen soon.  On the other hand, the grief is hard to bear.  But the ongoing celebration of a life well lived brings joy to my heart. 
            So thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.  As hard as it is to wait for someone you love to go home to God, we give thanks for God's promise of an eternal home where there will be no more pain, no more illness, no more tears, and no more death. 
                                                                                    
Pastor Janice
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
BIBLE SUNDAY:  NOVEMBER 19, 2017
All 3rd Graders will be receiving their Bibles on Bible Sunday during the 10:30 Worship Service.  
Sign up by November 5th
 


 
 
Please go to the Children's Ministry Page for forms.

Children's Sunday School
Children's Sunday School is held weekly at the 9:15 and 10:30 services f or children 4 years old through 6th Grade. A parent must accompany children who are attending for the first time. 

Volunteers are needed for both the 9:15 and 10:30 services in Children's Sunday School. Contact Alison Beal. 

Youth Sunday School
Sunday school takes place every Sunday at the 10:30 service.  Youth who have completed 6th grade through 12th grade go directly to the Youth Room in the Education Wing.  Youth are encouraged to worship together at the 9:15 service. 

Nursery
Available at both  
9:15 and 10:30. 
We welcome all children birth through 4 years old.  The nursery is equipped with a calling system and will alert you in worship if your child needs you.  

PRAYER PARTNERS FOR CHILDREN
Would you like your child to participate in a new Prayer Partner program in Children's Ministry?  We'd like to pair interested children with an adult in the congregation so they can pray for one another.  Partners will receive a picture of the person they are praying for along with specific requests for prayers.  Once we have a list of interested children, we'll begin matching them with members of the congregation.  Prayer partners will run from November 1 - February 1 at which time we will schedule a fun event for the children and their partners to attend together.

YOUTH GROUP

  
Sunday nights
7:00-8:30 PM
Hmmmm. What are we doing at Youth Group???

HAUNTED HAYRIDE 
OCTOBER 22 -  6PM
You must email me that you are going!!!! 
NO walk ons

Some up and coming events to keep an eye on:
Bizarre Food Night
Scavenger Hunt (Indoors)
Bonfire

Morrisville Food Bank Monday
November 13- Contact David Bigam
Do Not Miss This Opportunity! 
Come and experience great Fellowship! 
Morrisville is open to anyone interested in going to help make 220 grocery bags full of food. 
Families are always welcome! 
Following this event we always head to Chick-fil-a for Milkshakes!!!!
  

And as always
Bring a Friend and Bring a Can!
(All food collected goes to Jesus Focus Food Pantry)

Have you HELPED anyone today?
Have you SAID SOMETHING NICE to anyone today?

ASP NEWS
Thank you to all who supported the ASP Team at our Annual Stockholder's Luncheon
Sunday October 8th.



Oh yes it is!!!!!
ST. JOHN'S ANNUAL WREATH SALE
Christmas will be here before you know it!!!!
Start your Christmas shopping now and at the same time help support our Mission Trip in Appalachia.
For 3 weeks only
Final orders end October 31
SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES

TABLE TALK
Tuesdays - 7 PM
Richboro Pub

Tuesday, October 17 Topic:
"The Reformation"

Join the Conversation and Bring a Friend!

Daring Faith
Times to choose from:  
Beginning Tuesday, October 17
10AM in the Parlor    
Leader:  Pastor Janice

Beginning Wednesday, October 18
7PM in the Parlor    Leader: Ruth Portzline - CLM
 
Daring faith requires taking risk. It requires the courage to step up and face the giants . . . and to face the unknown. It might be easier to stay in your comfort zone, but when you bravely step out to where God has called you, history is made and lives are changed forever. You must be bold and daring to live an extraordinary life of faith.
 
Learn what it means to have a bold, unshakable faith that gives you the courage to impact the world around you.
 
Cost of participants guide is $10.00 


BOOK CLUB
The House Girl, the historical fiction debut of Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.
The Book Club

Tuesday, October 24th
at 7:00 in the parlor.

MUSIC MINISTRY

Music at St. John's
  Music is an integral part of the Worship experience at 
St. John's United Methodist Church.  Our Choirs and Worship Team provide exceptional music that enhances the Worship Services each week.  There is an opportunity for EVERYONE in our congregation to participate in the Music Ministry.  We encourage you to become part of one of our Choirs.

UMW/UMM
UNITED METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8 AM Fellowship Hall
Guest Speaker: Bill Kuehl
Red Bird Truck Driver
All Men Welcome!
See sign-up sheets on the UMM bulletin board or 
email Ed Campbell, edcampbell6@aol.com
Please come to the 
UMW Harvest Brunch 
Saturday,  October 28
11:00 AM
Quiche and soup will be served.  
We will hear from women who went to  Red Bird Mission in September.  
Cost $5.00. 
Sign up on the bulletin board or email arlenew13@aol.com.  You can also call Rosemarie Malizia,  215-598-8567.
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